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Yiaourtopita Recipe: A Traditional Greek Yogurt Cake

Delicious and with an all-time classic taste, yiaourtopita (or giaourtopita) is a traditional Greek yogurt cake. What makes this cake so special is that instead of milk, you use Greek yogurt. Full of proteins, this ingredient makes your cake more moisture and tender. Although I usually prefer using zero fat yogurt in the recipes I make, for this cake, I suggest you use full fat so you get the best of flavor. I have tasted yiaourtopita with and without the syrup. Both versions are mouthwatering and which one you like will depend on your personal taste. This yiaourtopita recipe takes around 30 minutes to prepare and 60 minutes to bake. If you don’t eat this Greek yogurt cake right away, you can keep it covered for some more days in the refrigerator after being cooled down. By the way, yiaourtopita (or giaourtopita) literally means yogurt pie in Greek.

Yiaourtopita (or giaourtopita)

Yiaourtopita Recipe – Ingredients

  • 150 g of butter
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4-5 eggs
  • 250 g of Greek yogurt
  • 4 teacups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 spoon of the zest of a lemon




Yiaourtopita Recipe – Syrup

  • 3 teacups of sugar
  • 2 3/4 teacups water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • The zest and the juice of half lemon.

Yiaourtopita Recipe – Instructions

  1. Take a baking pan (28 cm diameter) and grease it with some butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C).
  3. Separate whites from yolks.
  4. Stir well at mixer bowl the butter with sugar for 10 minutes until sugar is well dissolved and the mixture becomes white and fluffy.
  5. In the meantime, beat egg whites to a meringue. Set aside.
  6. Stop the mixer and pour into the bowl the sugar, yolks, yogurts and lemon zest. Stir very well.
  7. Slow down the mixer and slowly add the flour alternately with the meringue. Beat ingredient until unified.
  8. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake at 356°F (180°C) for around 60 minutes.
  9. In the meantime, make the syrup by boiling all ingredients together for around 5 minutes until it is lightly thicken.
  10. Remove the yiaourtopita from the oven. Allow it to cool down for 5 minutes. Cut it into pieces and drizzle the syrup while it is still hot.
  11. Allow yiaourtopita to totally cool down and adsorb the syrup.
  12. You can sprinkle some sugar over it (optional).
  13. Serve.

Yiaourtopita can be served with ice cream, yogurt or even your favorite fruit. I hope you like this yiaourtopita recipe! Stay tuned for more Greek dessert recipes.

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